Stand In Truth With Fellow Believers

Search my heart, O Lord, if I ever disrespect or criticize my friends who walk with You! I’ve seen it happen many times—even to those in ministry. Fellow believers start out loving one another and knowing Your truth, but then power and greed take over and they forget their calling. Or jealousy and competition destroy Your purpose for their lives.

Lord, You stir my heart through John’s letter to Gaius. Courageously, he took a stand against Diotrephes when he saw that Your missionaries were not being treated with love. Lord, I long for the same courage. Your truth tells me, “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 8).

Lord, no matter where a person is in their own faith walk—whether a new believer, a lifetime Christian, a missionary, or someone who is just now seeking You—I am called to evangelism in love. I am to support and uplift others! Lord, I will encourage my Christian friends who continue in the truth and walk in the light and love that come from You, to whom they all belong.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Conversation At 3:00 a.m.

This morning, I woke up early, around 3. There wasn’t a strange noise or a child crying. It was You. You woke me up to make me think about what I’d done. The day before, I’d taken a shortcut. I chose to make a decision to walk into an unhealthy relationship without seeking Your wisdom first. I didn’t pray, and the decision has caused me a lot of confusion. Now, in the early morning, I’m stuck without sleep, wondering what to do.

Because it’s You who’ve woken me, You provide an answer. You remind me of Your situation in the desert when You were tempted by the devil. “Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness. For forty days, Jesus ate nothing and was tempted by the devil.” (Luke 4:1-2 ) You show me that You were tired. You were vulnerable and this was the perfect time to be tempted. The devil offered You a shortcut to the dominion of the world by worshipping him instead of God. He knew that if You accepted his offer, then Your purpose of dying on the cross would mean nothing, and I would be lost and dead in my sins. Eternal life with You would not exist. The Devil wasn’t just working against You in the dessert. He was working against all humanity. However, You, Jesus, didn’t take the shortcut. You kept Your eyes focused on Your heavenly Father, and His perfect plan, which included me and the rest of Your children.

Lord, thank You for showing me, through Your example, that I, too, can overcome this vulnerability. I can’t let Satan tempt me to take shortcuts, because shortcuts are not part of Your plan. Thank You for waking me up to Your truth.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Are You A Broken Shell?

The ocean waves crashed against the shore this morning as I searched for the perfect white shell – my prayer shell. I couldn’t find it. But then I heard Your Holy Spirit speak to my heart, “My precious child, search for a broken one and pray with joy for those who are broken and I will calm their storm.”

Lord, it’s easy for me to get discouraged over my own trials or the storms that others face, especially the ones that don’t seem to go away. In those moments of frustration and brokenness, I draw near to You as I study Philippians and I remember Your servant, Paul, and his perspective. He trusted You in all circumstances of his life and continued to pray with joy, knowing You never abandon Your people. You will never abandon me! And through repentance, thanksgiving and joyful prayer, I will see, in Your good timing, Your hand at work in my life and the lives of Your children. The storms will cease because of Your saving grace. You’ve promised me and Your Word is truth, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Heavenly Father, I cling to Your promises that it is Your good work that saves me from the storms of life. I long to do Your Will in my life and draw near to You in everything I do.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Hidden Blessings

As a new year approaches, Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection. 

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Stepping Into Faith

Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Numbers 14:6–8

Joshua and Caleb stood their ground. Though the entire assembly around them grumbled in anger and unbelief, Joshua and Caleb stayed true to You, the one they knew who kept his promises. In the end, they were the only two out of that generation allowed to enter the land You promised to give.

It is never easy to bear others’ criticism or rejection when standing for the truth. In fact, the more vocal the opposition, the more tempting it is to either switch allegiances or hide what we know in silence. But Joshua and Caleb’s story call Your people out of cowardice. If I don’t stand with You, I don’t stand at all.

 

Do You?

You identified Yourself as the good shepherd who cares for the sheep. You know the ones who are Yours, and they know You. They never follow another voice because all others lead to danger and death. Only with the Shepherd can they find safety.

In our day, so many people want to widen the gate. They may accept You, Jesus, as a good man, but they also welcome the other deities or rituals people rely on to try to get closer to You, claiming all efforts to reach God are equally worthy. But You say Your own sheep know better. They know the voice of their Shepherd who has told them there is only one way to the Father. We enter his grace through You alone. It is only in Your pastures that we find abundant and eternal life.